Planning a trip? Have fun and travel light with pieces from Diane Kroe.

Come on in to Fresh Collective Roncesvalles to check out these convertible pieces by Diane Kroe.  Diane uses gorgeous drapey fabrics to create beautiful pieces that really can be worn multiple ways.  Whether you’re staying in town or taking off on a trip, these wardrobe building pieces give you lots of options in looking and feeling fabulous!

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Fresh Collective Style Profile – Michelle Planche

I met Michelle Planche last year when I was a judge in the Art of Fashion competition for emerging designers. Michelle is passionate about providing opportunities for designers, as am I, so we were a natural partnership.  We created a project together- a seminar called the Retailer’s Point of View and The Ultimate Holiday Dress Competition.  Michelle and I also serve on the board of Fashion Group International together.

– Laura-Jean Bernhardson, CEO and founder of Fresh Collective

Name: Michelle Planche, CMP

Occupation: Event Producer

Age: 39

Lifestyle: Social Butterfly and Busy body entrepreneur

This fun dress can be changed into 10 different styles.  It suits Michelle’s fun and beachy blonde look, and is fabulous for travel.  The colours are gorgeous on Michelle, and this dress can be accessorized with scarves, a light cardigan or a shrug.

Style Coach Notes: This fun dress can be changed into 10 different styles. It suits Michelle’s fun and beachy blonde look, and is fabulous for travel. The colours are gorgeous on Michelle, and this dress can be accessorized with scarves, a light cardigan or a shrug. (Dress: Bubble Beach Dress – Diane Kroe $195, Bracelet: Ch-ch-chains – BurfurtArt $65, Shoes: Renown Strap – Hush Puppies $19 ON SALE from $85)

What’s a typical day like for you? Juggling act between running a full time event production company (www.paradigmevents.com), a charity which supports emerging designers in Canada (www.artoffashion.org)

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Style Profile – Katherine O’Neil

Katherine O’Neil and I met just over a year ago when I joined Arbonne as a consultant. Aside from my awesome career as Fresh Collective’s Regional Manager, I have my own Arbonne business and I love doing both!
From the moment I met her at our region meeting I knew I wanted to be just like her! Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Katherine has a way of bringing out the leader in you and making you feel so special. She is someone who I just love to spend time with as she is so inspirational.
We just had our Global Training Conference in Vegas this past week and it was my honour to help her find the perfect dress for her to lead her training in. Katherine lead a training in Vegas to over 12500 consultants so it was important that she looked the part.
– Jane Haselgrove, Regional Manager at Fresh Collective

 

Name:  Katherine O’Neil
Title:   Independent Consultant and National Vice President with Arbonne Intl.
Occupation:  Mom, Entrepreneur, Wealth Creation Coach, Wellness Educator
Age: 42
Lifestyle:  on the go with the appropriate dash of daily belly laughs and quarterly travel fixes – I love my passport 🙂

What’s a typical day like for you?  Mornings are the mad dash getting the kids to school, then I fit in a workout and really start my day.  The rest depends – it’s a mixed bag of coffee meetings with clients, coaching calls with my business team, volunteering at school, or reading a book on the couch in the afternoon sun with a Chai Tea.

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Dress: Kaleidoscope Dress- Mandala Design, $128
Bag: Melissa Bag by Taska, $129

Style coach notes: Katherine is vivacious and just glows with an inner beauty.  Her life is busy so comfy dresses like this one make getting dressed quick and switching gears easy.  This dress doesn’t sacrifice style though, with its bold print, fitted bodice and flirty keyhole opening at the neck.

What in your life is really important to you?  My family is everything to me.  They are the driving force behind all that I do.  My friends keep me grounded – I love how it doesn’t matter if it was two days or two years since I’ve spoken with some, there’s a connectedness that’s always there.

What would you like to be remembered for?  Having played full out and for leaving people better than how I found them.  Everyone has an invisible sign that says make me feel important.

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​Dress: Destination Dress – Diane Kroe, $225
Necklace: The Simples by BurfurtART, $38

Style Coach notes: Katherine travels a lot and this convertible dress is perfect.  It can be worn several different ways from this sassy halter style to a look that’s all business.

What role does fashion play in your life?  It’s fun!  I love colour no matter the season so I use it to express my mood.   My Parisian grandmother used to always say that a woman’s best piece was  the confidence that came from within.  It’s all about how you wear the clothes and not how they wear you.  That said, there’s nothing like a flattering cut and amazing fabric that hugs you in just the right spots.   I am also a sucker for an amazing pair of boots.  Now if I can only master the different ways to tie a scarf!

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Did you know Fresh Collective has Styling Services?  Many women don’t know what looks good on them or how to project the image they want.  Our Style Coaches know the language of fashion. We’ll help you make great choices and build a wardrobe you’ll LOVE.

Book a complimentary Perfect Fit Wardrobe Makeover today in any of our stores. You’ll leave feeling confident, gorgeous and inspired about fashion and life.

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Dress: ​Drape 14 Dress​- Studio Fresh, ​$179​
Necklace: Ch-ch-ch-chains – BurfurtART, $​65​

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Style Coach notes: Katherine’s confidence shines through in this artistic-looking dress with a loose fit, slouchy pockets and abstract print.  The shorter length shows off her fab legs, and works perfectly with the slouchy fit.  The proportions of this dress are just right for her figure and her lifestyle.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?  What’s not to love?  Everything there is unique and made to not only look but feel fabulous on you.  The colours, prints, versatility….I could go on.  As someone who loves to travel, these clothes are your suitcase’s best friend.  And I love how you can shop guilt free – home-grown, responsibly made clothing with attitude and flair.  And the people working there are fantastic – they get you to try things that you would never think of and voila, a new favourite 🙂

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Dress: Hourglass dress – Obakki, $280
Necklace:The Simples by BurfurtART, $38
Shoes are her own

Style Coach notes:  Here’s a bold number that suits Katherine to a tee.  The curves of the colour blocking accentuate her figure, and wearing something this graphic gets a woman noticed as a confidence leader.

What do you have that you want to promote?   I left a successful career in the corporate world 5 years ago – something I never imagined myself doing but I was so tired of juggling between family, career and more – and am now an Independent Consultant and National Vice President with Arbonne International.  I have an incredible Health & Wellness business that has allowed me to fit my work around my family and my personal priorities and not the other way around.  I love getting to create a life by design that is full of positivity and the best is showing others how to do the same, educating people on not just their physical but financial health as well.  It’s all about creating more choices and freedom to truly leave a legacy for your loved ones, for causes that matter to you and to live in the moment with abundance. Between the friendships, fun and the growth, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  www.katherineoneil.myarbonne.ca

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Top: Eliza Top – Kabuki, $128
Skirt: Eliza Skirt- Kabuki, $108

Style Coach notes:  This top and skirt offer a lot of versatility for Katherine to mix and match with other pieces from her wardrobe.  Great for travel, this outfit has stretch for comfort and packs well without wrinkling.

 

 

 

Style Profile – Kit Boulter

I first met Kit back in February at our Diane Kroe launch party.  Her sense of style and her outgoing personality made made for the perfect combo for a fun evening.

Kit and I met through her friend and loyal Fresh Collective customer Pip who brought her to the party.

Kit fell in love with the new Destination Dress by Diane Kroe and requested it be made for her in green to go with her new pink Miz Mooz shoes.  She refers to this outfit as her “watermelon” outfit.  I knew from that moment on she and I would get along just fine.

Whether it be in the store or our frequent meetings on the subway or streetcar, an encounter with Kit always brightens my day.  I look forward to many more special moments with a wonderful lady!

– Joe McKiernan; Store Leader, Fresh Collective Roncesvalles

 

Name: Kit Boulter
Occupation: actor, singer, Jack-of-all-trades
Age: 27
Lifestyle: busy and ever-changing from week to week. I have to be very flexible and comfortable whether I’m rushing from auditions, volunteering at schools, heading to a swim or dressing up for a night out.  I like to have a versatile wardrobe for every occasion.

 

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Dress: Destination Dress in Emerald – Diane Kroe $225
Necklace: Curious Oddities – $ 28
Shoes: Miz Mooz – Kit’s own, past season

Style Coach Notes: This is the dress Kit ordered from Diane Kroe at the launch party.  This colour is great with her vivacious personality and the fit shows off how fun and playful she is.  I remember her calling this her “watermelon outfit” because she had the perfect pair of shoes to go with it. The whole look makes her shine like the star she is.

 

What’s a typical day like for you? Depending on what projects I have on the go, I get to wake up and usually enjoy a nice morning before heading out to a rehearsal.  However, I have to be comfortable enough to then switch into nanny-mode after school, where I tutor and cook – I wear an apron if anything is going to get too messy.  If I’m not working with the kids, I’ve also taken on jobs in the theatre working with costuming and props. I love helping shows come together, even if I’m not performing onstage. I’ve been kept busy on weekends with cabarets, show times and trying to keep up with my super-talented friends.

What in your life is really important to you? I love my wife, my cat and my family, and a lot of what I do is to support them and make them proud of me. Oh, and shoes.

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Skirt: Sarah Flip Skirt – Mandala Design $78
Necklace: Curious Oddities $28
Shoes: Pepper – Miz Mooz $150

Style Coach Notes: This outfit takes comfy clothes to a whole new level.  When Kit is relaxing at home with her wife this is the perfect way to still look good and feel comfortable without going to those trusty sweat pants.  The bold print of the skirt keeps in theme with her personality and she can easily toss on her Miz Mooz shoes and head out for drinks with friends.

What would you like to be remembered for? I’d like to be remembered as a strong, classy woman. I’m not afraid to speak my mind and would like to be known for standing up for people who haven’t got a voice and for living what I believe in.

 What role does fashion play in your life? I dress for myself, and love that feeling of stepping out in something that makes me feel confident and fresh. I love colour, and mixing modern accents with classic silhouettes and designs.

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Dress: Drape Dress – Rita DiCesare $169
Shoes: Pepper- Miz Mooz $150

Style Coach Notes: Every girl needs a dress that they can feel comfortable and fun in, and this dress was perfect for Kit.  The print was just the right amount of fun to go with her personality and the dress is great for her life on the go!  She can throw it on and head to an audition and head home and relax and still look and feel fabulous.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love finding signature pieces there–the dress that you can do no wrong in; the shoes that hug your feet; the belt that everyone notices. There’s always something eye-catching and intriguing to find.

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Dress: Suki Dress- Studio Fresh $179
Shoes Elly – Miz Mooz $155

Style Coach Notes: Stunning, just stunning in this dress!  This dress is great for Kit; it’s dressy and commands attention.  Kit has paired it with her own patterned tights which give the dress a little more drama and she’s ready for a night out on the town or to accept an academy award! This dress can easily go from day to night and matches her outgoing and creative personality. I love that Kit’s not afraid to take risks and mix up two different patterns!

What do you have that you want to promote?  I’m trading my stilettos for sideburns in the Lower Ossington’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch playing till May 24th.  I’m so excited to be part of this rock and roll classic that deals with gender identity , sexuality and discovering personal freedom.

 Special thanks to Sweetpeas, our neighbour on Roncesvalles Avenue for allowing us to shoot in their gorgeous, sun-drenched flower and gift shop.